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Tuberculosis Safety Talk

Tuberculosis (TB) is an infectious disease that puts healthcare workers at risk. It is an airborne bacterium that can be spread from person to person. It typically affects the lungs; however, it can also affect other parts of the body as well. Not all people infected with the germs have symptoms (latent TB). However, in either case if not treated TB can be fatal.

For those with higher risks for exposure, certain protective measures should be in place.

Personal Protective Equipment:

  • Disposable gloves
  • Protective clothing
  • Disposable shoe protection
  • Protective goggles or face shield
  • Respiratory protection (N95)

Additional Safety Measures:

  • If there is a higher potential for exposure avoid contact without protective equipment on.
  • Be aware of hazard analysis done for specific work areas and follow any specific instructions for each.
  • Know the company infection control procedures and follow them.
  • If symptoms are present in a patient or employee, report it to a supervisor immediately and follow safety protocol.

All healthcare employees should be screened initially upon hire for TB as recommended by the CDS. More information can be found at TB Screening and Testing of Health Care Personnel | TB | CDC.

Disclaimer:

This article is provided solely as a reference tool to be used for information purposes only. The information in this article shall not be construed or interpreted as providing legal or any other advice. The information material does not amend the provisions of any insurance policy issued by CompSource Mutual. It is not a representation that coverage does or does not exist for any particular claim or loss under any such policy. Coverage depends on the facts and circumstances involved in the claim or loss, all applicable policy provisions, and any applicable law.

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